The Diamondbacks have a surfeit of capable outfielders, heading into the season with A.J. Pollock in center, Mark Trumbo in right, and David Peralta or Yasmany Tomas in left. Ender Inciarte, having a terrific spring, is capable of playing all three positions and they have Cody Ross as well.
One way to fix the logjam would be to trade Trumbo. But GM Dave Stewart said, “We are not moving Trumbo,” as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Stewart added, “Trumbo is a proven bat. Tough to move him for an unknown.”
Trumbo, 29, is earning $6.9 million after avoiding arbitration in his second year of eligibility. He can become a free agent after the 2016 season. The slugger missed a large portion of the 2014 season due to a stress fracture in his right foot and finished with only 14 home runs and 61 RBI with a .235 average.
Trumbo would seem the easiest to move, as Ross is older, more expensive, and missed time in each of the last two seasons with injuries. Tomas isn’t going anywhere, while Pollock, Peralta and Inciarte have more value to the Diamondbacks than they would in a trade.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.
Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.
Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.
The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.